New Mexico officials want more funding to enforce oil and gas rules amid high pollution


Lawmakers in New Mexico were asked to provide more resources to oil and gas regulators during the upcoming legislative session, after the state recently enacted multiple new requirements intended to curb air pollution from fossil fuel operations.

The next session, scheduled to start in January, will run for the first 60 days of the year and will be focused on new policy, compared to 2022’s 30-day, budget-drive session.

That means 2023 could see more bills introduced by lawmakers to alter state environmental laws that could affect the oil and gas industry.

State officials pointed to staff vacancies at regulatory agencies impeding the State’s efforts to enforce such policies enacted or that could be proposed during the upcoming session.

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Carlsbad Current-Argus, 01-09-22